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Emergency crews on high alert as Victoria and South Australia brace for severe f conditions. Rick Parfitt, the guitarist behind British rock group Status Quo, dies, aged 68. And - political leaders around the world call for unity, as thousands celebrate Christmas Day.

You're watching ABC News. I'm Fauziah Ibrahim.

Our top story: ??CAPNEX security forces in Tunisia say they've arrested three members of a terrorist cell linked to the Berlin Christmas market attacker: Italian police shot Anis Amri dead in Milan after he killed 12 people in a German market last week. The Tunisian Interior Ministry says one of those now detained is Amr nephew. This is Anis Amri, the man who is suspected of being behind the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in the name of so-called Islamic State. And now, authorities across Europe and the Middle East are trying to piece together his extremist connections. The 24-year-old Tunisian made this video shortly before driving a lorry along a crowded street, killing 12 people. Now, a clearer picture of Now, a clearer picture of his network is emerging. Officials in Tunis say he was connected to a militant cell which included his sister's son. Amri is thought to have sent his nephew money to help have sent his nephew money to help
him come to Germany. The nephew is now in custody in Tunisia. Two others have also been arrested. The Spanish authorities are investigating whether Amri may have had links had links to an extremist in Spain. In Tunis today, hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate against extremism. They gathered outside the Bardo Museum, which was attacked by militants last year. In recent years, around 5,500 Tunisians have joined jihadist groups, making the country one of the largest exporters of militants in the region. TRANSLATION: The terrorists damage the image of Tunisia and the world, and harm the image of expats living abroad. TRANSLATION: Our message is from the heart. It is a panic wave. You need to understand - Tunisians are afraid, but we will not stay silent. We are standing by our country.This was how Anis Amri met his end - shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police in the Italian city of Milan. One police officer was injured. He's now recovering in hospital. The hunt for more clues about the attacker goes on. Christmas Day is shaping up to be a high fire danger day in several parts of the country. South Australia is on track to experience its hottest Christmas Day in 70 years. The temperature is expected to reach 40 degrees in several parts of the state. In Victoria, strong winds throughout many districts are also expected to make conditions a serious fire risk. Motorists have been urged to monitor conditions and to take precautions.The message is very clear - know where to get information, know where you are in Victoria. As you travel, stay tuned to the information you need to know. If you see a fire, report it. Don't drive towards smoke. Drive away from smoke. And make sure that you're in a position to protect yourself and your loved ones at this time through Christmas and the New Year. A 3-year-old girl has died after being found in a car in Sydney's north-west. The child was unresponsive when police officers arrived at a house in Glenwood yesterday afternoon. The toddler was taken to Westmead Hospital wrrks she later died. A crime scene has been -- where she later died. A crime scene has been established at the house. Police have called on anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers. A Sudanese refugee who died after falling ill on Manus Island had allegedly been turned away from the detention centre's medical clinic, where start accused him of pretending to be sick. 26-year-old Faysal Ishak Ahmed died in a Brisbane hospital on Friday after being airlifted for urgent treatment. The Immigration Department said he suffered a seizure and there were no suspicious circumstances. But a fellow detainee claims Mr Ahmed had sought medical treatment every few days for several months. Abdul Aziz Adam says Mr Ahmed was told there was nothing wrong with him, and claims he was never properly treated. Malcolm Turnbull has called for harmony among all Australians, irrespective of race or religion, this Christmas. In his traditional festive address, the Prime Minister called for peace in light of the week's foiled terrorist plot in Melbourne and Berlin's fatal market attack. Mr Turnbull also applauded the nation's Defence personnel for safeguarding Australia throughout 2016. He says faith and love will see the nation prosper.Christmas is a time of love. The embrace of our family, old friends refound, the delight of children, the mystery and joy of the divine. Surely this is a wondrous time of year. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and His message of unconditional love and sacrifice. And whether we are of any faith - or of none - it is love, forgiving, generous, never judging, unconditional - that brings us closest to the very best we can be. In Australia, we have much for which to be grateful. Not least that so many people of so many different backgrounds, races and religions live together here in a harmony founded on mutual respect. We also remember those who find Christmas difficult. The lonely, the poor, the sick, and those who are away from their families. Reach out to them where you can, and remember those charities that help the homeless and others whose Christmas is not as joyous as our own. Of course, many Australians continue to work very hard over the break, including those who keep us safe, our Emergency Services personnel, the police, fire and ambulance services, our doctors and nurses keep working while most of us relax. We can make it easier for them, and safer for us, by driving carefully, preparing for the bushfire and cyclone season if we live in those areas, and by taking good care of each other. And we are ever thankful to those Australians serving in our Armed Forces, whether here or overseas, being away from family is hard, especially as Christmas. Your nation is grateful for the courage, tenacity and skill with which you defend our freedom and our values. And we look forward - as your families do - to your safe return. From Lucy and me, and our family, to you and yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a relaxing and safe holiday. And may 2017 be filled with peace, happiness and love.Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has wished Australians a safe and happy summer. He used his Christmas address to remind people to consider those less fortunate this festive season.G'day. We're coming to the end of a big year, and Chloe and I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best for a safe and happy summer.At and happy summer.At a time when a lot of us are thinking about taking things easy, we think of those Australians who'll Australians who'll be busy right through the break.Our troops serving overseas, and their loving families waiting back here - they also serve. And we give thanks for our Emergency Services personnel fighting fires, preventing crime, saving lives.We all hope they have a quiet Christmas.We think of all those Australians working this holiday season to make our Christmas run smoothly. Modest heroes who get up before the sun rises or work through the night. Hardworking people relying on penalty rates to provide for their families - something I'll always fight for. And Christmas is also a time for us to spare a thought for the people who are doing it tough.People without a safe place to stay, or battling loneliness, and women and children in refuges.We're so lucky that many Australians will volunteer to roll up their sleeves to provide hot meals, secure accommodation, a little bit of Christmas cheer in hard times.So please be careful on the roads and safe around the water. We hope all of you have a relaxing break with the people that you love. From our family to yours, merry Christmas. Christmas.Merry Christmas.In this year's Christmas message, the Anglican diocese of Melbourne encourages Australians to treat one another equally, regardless of ethnicity or citizenship. Here's archbishop Philip Freier.

A much-loved Christmas hymn proclaims Joy" To the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king." In these words, which reflect the Bible's revelation, God tells us whom he loves - everyone. It is, as the angel tells the shepherds, news that should bring great joy to all. That Christmas message of God's love I generosity stands in stark contrast to one of the great problems of human nature - our tendency to tribalism. As humans, we easily identify with our in-group, whether defined by nation, race, religion or some other source of identity. This is a problem because it excludes others. Or those who do not belong to our in-group. And we see this in the so-called identity politics, as seems to have swept up so many people in recent years. But God does not make distinctions based on ethnicity or citizenship. He is the creator of all, and Jesus made the consequences of that explicit in the parable of the good Samaritan and other teachings. In doing so, he was confronting some of the prejudices of his society, and most other societies. That refuse tool think small, of course, must be the model for those of us who follow Jesus. We seek to emulate, as far as possible, his example. Today in Australia, as in much of the world, people are looking to simplify the factors that make up who they are. Sadly, all too often, this is done by defining themselves in contrast to other people, who may then be rejected as outsiders. The Gospel call that Jesus ushers in at Christmas is to reject that small, stunted identity, and to expand it to something larger - something more generous, something more loving. We love because we have received love. We love because God first loved us. That infant, helpless in the manger on the first Christmas morning, shows the depth and the breadth of God's love. He lives a life that reveals God's nature to us, and dies a death that provides our redemption and salvation. God's love in the Christ child is for all people. The Christmas story challenges us to adopt that bigger vision. Having God's heart, and showing his love to others, whether part of our in-group or not. The incarnation, where God takes on human flesh in the person of Jesus, is the of Jesus, is the living beating heart of our faith. It's also the heart of His bigger, inclusive loving identity that God has given to us. God's action at Christmas was to awaken this truth within us through the birth of His son. Have a blessed and holy Christmas.

Iraqi Christians who fled their homes after the Islamic State group's invasion in 2014 are spending a third Christmas in displacement camps. As the campaign to get the armed group out of Mosul continues, many wonder if they'll ever be able to go home. Celebrating Christmas yet again away from home, the Suleman family fled their town east of Mosul back in 2014. Fatim Suleman lost her husband that year in shelling by ISIL, and fled with her two children - Mirna and Iran - now 15 and 5 years old. Fatim works as a home-based tailor to support the family. Living in the camp isn't easy, but the thought of going home fills them with fear. TRANSLATION: It's hard for us to feel safe anymore. Believe me, when we go back to see our villages, we run back here. We feel alienated to go back home. We don't know why. We don't feel these are our towns anymore, the same towns that we grew up in.Daughter Mirna has dropped out of school and is learning to cut hair and apply make-up for a beauty is Alon to help earn for the family. Though not ideal, she shares her mother's fear. TRANSLATION: I'm much happier here than there. We are scared to go back because ISIL might come back at us again.??CAPNEX it's a common sentiment at this, and other camps for internally displaced people located on the outskirts of Erbil in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. It was opened, along with three other camps, after ISIL took over moseal and its nearby mainly Christian communities back in June of 2014. Lin, there are more than 10,000 Christian families in these camps. Most are out of jobs and money to provide a decent living for their families. But some here have opened up small businesses, such as stores that have started to attract customers from nearby Erbil. But camp residents feel they're living in limbo. TRANSLATION: What can I tell you? How can we celebrate? We're displaced from home. Our houses are burnt down. Our furniture were looted. We can't even go back. There are no services. Who would provide the security???CAPNEX that worry has made these camps a reluctant home, even as the battle to take back Mosul from ISIL continues. This sewing is not for work, but for little Iran's Christmas clothes. Like everyone at this camp, they hope this will be their last Christmas away from home. But worry about their safety - if they ever go back. The guitarist with the British rock group Status Quo, Rick Parfitt, has died at the age of 68. His family and manager say the artist died in a hospital in Spain from a severe infection. He'd been receiving treatment for an old shoulder injury he'd suffered in a fall. Status Quo was one of the biggest bands in the world in the 1970s, with top-10 albums every year until 1988, and almost 40 top-20 singles. Hollywood actress Carrie Fisher remains in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. The 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, became ill when the flight was still 45 minutes from landing. She was treated by a paramedic who happened to be onboard the flight and was rushed to hospital after the plane landed in Los Angeles. Experts are warning that Borneo's orangutans are on the brink of total extinction if the alarming rate of poaching and deforestation continues. Conservationists say bringing more tourism to the Indonesian island could help save the native tree-dwellers. Full of energy, these infants are being taught how to climb, forage for food, and survive in the wild. But, behind the playful fun is the grim reality facing Asia's only great apes. All of them are orphans, victims of land-clearing, forest fires and hunting, which has left tens of thousands of the animals dead. These are the lucky ones. They were rescued, and now live at a sanctuary in Central Kulamatin province.They are our kin, a blood kin. I think it would be a sadder and more lonely world if we allowed our blood kin to go extinct.Over the past 20 years, the UN estimates more than 3 million hectares of forest have been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in many packaged supermarket products, from snack foods to soaps. The amount of land used for palm oil has doubled over the past decade. While the number of orangutans has halved. Palm oil plantation is established, and orangutans that used to live there become refugees in their own land. They starve, they start raiding the young palm oil plants, they destroy them, and then, of course, the palm oil managers - concessioners - tend to kill them. The word "orangutan" means "purse of the forest" in Malay, and sharing 97% of the same DNA as humans, mothers nurture their young up till they are around eight years old.We have a schedule to educate local people, and then we train them to be guide and everything, and then - some people from the - if they work in a palm oil presentation, they change their mind, stop working there and move into tourism.But the best campaigner to increase orangutan numbers just might be the orangutan themselves.We come back, and their lives have changed because they have experienced kinship with a creature that is not human but, in some ways, how should I say it politely? - has more qualities that are more than humans'.With protests like these, it's hoped humans can still learn from the orange people of the jungle before it's too late. A cold winter and spring means Tasmanian cherries will be few and far between this Christmas. Rather than supplying the rest of the nation, Tasmania is having to import the fruit from interstate to meet the Christmas demand - and is paying top dollar. But growers say it's not all bad news - the cherries are big and beautiful, and we'll still be enjoying them well into February. It's this year's hot item for Christmas, but it's not a limited-edition toy or a piece of must-have technology. The thing that's sent shoppers on a desfort scavenger hunt is...local cherries. We've grown our own. We should have them next year!So yours aren't rare either?They aren't, no!It's hard to get beautiful, locally grown, grade-A cherries.It's normally a staple fare on the Christmas tables of the island state.The weather was too cold for the bees to come out of their hives and do the pollinating. That's the cause for the lighter crop and the cold weather for the later crop.It's meant, instead of supplying them, Tasmania has had to scrounge from other states to try and source cherries to cope with its own Christmas demand. But cherries are scarce interstate, too, and it's seen prices rocket, with some retailers offering Victorian cherries for $55 for a 2kg box. Tasmanian cherries are really well-known around the world, and we've got people chasing them everywhere.Growers say there are thousands of tonnes on the trees, which should be ripe enough for picking from next week.There'll be plenty of cherries around over the next few weeks, and the cherries are really good this year, being a lighter crop. They're quite large and very flavoursome.The late season means there'll be plenty of fruit still around for Chinese New Year, the second-biggest selling period for Tasmanian growers after Christmas. A race record was already considered a possibility for this year's Sydney to Hobart, but now it's looking even more likely, after an updated weather forecast. The southerly expected to hit the fleet on Day 2 has been downgraded, meaning it could be a dream trip south for the big boats. The pre-race weather briefing was muse took the ears of most - a safe passage to Hobart now likely, with a less forceful southerly forecast.It looks like it won't be as intense as they thought this year, which is great for everyone - especially the smaller boats.Wild Oats will start line honours favourite, with eight wins - only a schoolywag could throw her off their game.I'm pretty sure they'll break the record. It'll either be a red shirt or a grey shirt.So you're very realistically thinking you're as good a chance as the other three in terms of getting there first and winning line honours, at the very least?The TAB ticket says I am!The dark horse sing Ingvall's revolutionary 100-footer CQS. Today, the master sailor issued this ominous warning. The boat is starting to feel safe and solid for, and we know what she needs.Anthony Bell's supermaxi, Loyal, has failed on back-to-back occasions. He's hoping this year is a different story.It's quite heartbreaking. I think we had a commitment to try to get over the top of that.The prospect of calmer seas was also welcomed by those from overseas. Chinese boat Ark323 is one of 12 internationals in the field. TRANSLATION: Australian people is very hospitable, very friendly to us, and we come to here and they give us a lot of help. I think we have learned a lot from Australia. 89 boats will set sail in this year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and with the race record well and truly up for grabs, the 72nd edition of the Great Race could be one of the most competitive in history. Australia isn't known for producing many world-class figure-skaters, and when it comes to the pairs competition, we haven't had any serious contenders for the last 20 years. Well, that is all now changing - two up and comingskaters are rising rapidly through the junior ranks, and have a real chance of not just competing at the next Winter Olympics - but winning a medal! From their Western Sydney training rink, Harley Windsor and Katia Alexandrovskaya are taking on the world... They've been skating together for less than a year, and are already a force at junior level. Currently, if you were going to put us on sort of rankings and stuff, ah, we're the fifth-best junior pair in the world.An impressive feat for an unlikely pair. 20-year-old Harley has Indigenous heritage and comes from Western Sydney, while 16-year-old Katia is from Russia. They couldn't find the right partners on home ice, so their respective coaches connected them in Moscow, then Katia moved to Australia.I enjoy skating with Harley because he is good partner and we skate the same.Our skating styles are very similar, and we sort of match really well straight off, I guess.So far, so good - most of the time...I think the language barrier kind of helps us a little bit. Um, you know, when we do get quite angry at each other on the ice and stuff, it sort of stops us from being too verbal, I guess.Harley and Katia have only represented Australia at four junior international competitions so far - but they won this one in Estonia, and have placed highly in the others.We can see the potential there. Technically, they've got quality of elements today to be really good in the future. Just need more experience. They're hoping to get that at the world junior and senior championships in March - and, if Katia can become an Australian citizen, there's another goal... Olympics, obviously.Olympics Games. Together, this team can actually place.Also, it's not just...Not just participate - place. A medal. Yeah...Something no other Australian pair has come close to.

An active monsoon trough and low are generating heavy rain and storms over northern parts of WA and the Northern Territory. A series of troughs are triggering thundery showers over southern WA, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

A tropical cyclone may cross the north-west of WA.

That's the news for now. I'm Fauziah Ibrahim. Do stay with us - Australian Story is up next.

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G'day, I'm Barnaby Joyce. Tonight's Australian Story is
about a community in my electorate that is undertaking
a bold social experiment. Mingoola sits on
the Queensland/NSW border and with an ageing population they tell me they're
struggling to survive. But the locals aren't
going down without a fight. They've come up with a plan that could help save other small
rural towns across the country.

Mingoola for lots of years
has been an aging community so we've got lots of older people but we don't have
many younger people and the community is
poorer without them. Fifty years ago there was a dance
in the hall here once a month and there was one in a wool shed
up the road once a month, you know, there was a great social life. That social life has, has changed.

Maybe it's
a bit of a sense of history, you don't wish to see
a community die. And there's a lot of rural
communities dying.

And the life of any community
is largely tied to children. There's not much joy in a place
with no children.

Somehow we needed to get
people in the area and we needed people with families. We needed somehow to have
something to get them back.

Mingoola community is loosely
based on the Dumaresq River. We're on the dip of the
Queensland/New South Wales border.

There's a school and a hall. And it's just an area really. Your parents met there,
didn't they? Mingoola's an interesting area and I'm a newcomer I've only
been here 33 years or 35 years

I'm a child of the district. My father
settled in the area in 1928. Originally it was all
sheep and cattle. Then after the Second World War,
the Italian community came and which developed
the tobacco industry.

Lots of migrants
came for seasonal work. Some of them found it
very difficult to fit in. And some of the locals found it very difficult to understand
why these people had come. But eventually there was
an harmonious community came out of it. Everybody seemed to be
prospering well. But the industry died. Righto.

Many of us have children
who work in the city and aren't going to
come back to the farm because things have been
so tough on the land.

you notice the lack of children, especially at community events. You know, because they're the life
and soul of the party, aren't they?

At the end of last year, it was announced that the school
was going to be in recession and it was just like the
death knell of our community. We simply ran
out of children for the school.

The community was shattered
because that's the hub of Mingoola, the hall and their school.

It really affected Julia but she wasn't taking it lying down and she was going to
lead the community in trying to have
that school re-opened. I thought 'Well, good on you Julia' but I didn't know how
she was going to do it. We're only running
nine minutes late. We'll have to hurry things
up to try and catch that up. As you all know,
the school was in recession. The P&C met, decided to
continue on as a P&C... The Mingoola community
felt very strongly that we'd welcomed people before,
historically. And most people were really happy at the idea of
welcoming people again. It's a bit like field of dreams,
you know, they will come... Then we started thinking we might
be able to find some refugees who'd be happy to come
and live in the valley but every time I contacted
any kind of refugee service they all said, 'Oh no, you know, 'these people need to
stay in the city.' A response to a resolution of the
Mingoola Progress Association.

They need lots of counselling,
lots of language support, they needed more than we had. So we had to find families that had
been in Australia for long enough to be
feeling okay about perhaps moving.

The turning point
came around the end of 2015 when Julia was able to link up
with Emmanuel and his organisation.

2011, I came to Australia, when I applied for a scholarship
at the University of Sydney. I work as an advocate for my people who come from the
Great Lakes region of Africa. It starts with the Congo which is
bordering so many countries, I think nine of them. We represent refugees
from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic
of Congo. These four countries have a common
history of conflict, recent conflict especially.

My family ran from Rwanda. People were just
butchered and killed. Some people lost
completely their family. Myself, I lost the whole
family of my uncle.

Nearly 3 million people
were displaced and nearly half of them
became refugees. Australia has resettled nearly 10,000 humanitarian
refugees from these conflicts.

Most of the people
from my communities are really grateful to
live in Australia. But many of them find it difficult
when they get here.

Around 80% of resettled
refugees from our communities come from agriculture backgrounds.

They were really missing it.

Like those people
living in the city in the fifth floor somewhere
in this flat, you never have the time
to reconnect with the land. That's what they've been
doing for centuries, you know.

And what did you have
in the lunchbox?

Oh, that's a very big meal!

And they suggested:
why not go into rural area?

Julia and I, we had this conversation
of how our dreams are meeting. Their family are inviting me to come and see if our people
would appreciate that area.

I was in the team which went to
Mingoola for the first time. It was in January this year. It looked pretty much similar
to rural areas in my country.

There's one man who came and he found the landscape
very close to his landscape in the Congo. He just stood there with
the cattle and then he said 'This has healed my soul.'

Is it common to rent the land? It's quite common. You put your cattle on there,
and the owner of the property is responsible for
the maintenance and the cattle. Ah. Around the district there were
lots of small cottages that hadn't been lived in
for a long time and were crying out for somebody
to do something with them.

We went to look at the houses. And I was totally embarrassed because the houses were
in great need of repainting. There was quite a lot of work that needed to be done
in the kitchens. The electrician is coming
next week to rewire it. But, they were
totally unfazed by that. We're thinking of, if we put
a veranda on, on the side as well. But as you can see...
How about an outside kitchen? Yeah, well they really wanted
an outside kitchen. Yeah, that's an African thing. Love the outside kitchen! Many of their aspirations
were the sort of things we felt were important
to how we live.

It was very important to them to be able to have a friendly
greeting from a neighbour. I was brought up in a household
that couldn't speak English. I did say, 'Look, coming from
the migrant background 'that I'd come from, 'I wanna raise a few
realities to you. 'First of all,
if you don't like it here 'you just can't walk down the road
and catch a bus 'and get away from here. 'You know,
you're in a remote area.' They said
'We are African. We know.'

Philip and Julia went ahead
and pushed this quite quickly and you know, they're compassionate
people going at it from the heart.

But a lot of people in the area
were concerned about the lack of employment. I think the biggest fear
we had was we would be introducing the people
into a poverty trap. I know one of my neighbours
has said that, ah, bringing these people in has the
potential if it falls apart to set neighbour against neighbour and people who have been friends
for years opposed to each other and we don't want that to happen. We might go
and sit down and have some dinner. Dinner's on the table.

We were feeling a bit of pressure,
a bit of responsibility that if these people were going to
make their lives up here we had to make the whole
project work. We're going to get some dairy
calves... Oh, for them? ..and the kids can feed them. So we agreed that
this was a good go and we said
let's give it a chance. And even before one week,
I had more than fifty people, more than fifty families
registered, ready to go to live in Mingoola.

I don't think we ever really
in our wildest dreams expected these people would
really want to come so much. And want to come so quickly, to get out of the city.

Emmanuel came back
with the first two families who put their names down.

They arrived
the day before Anzac Day.

One family was staying with us
because their house wasn't ready.

I did note that there were a lot
of children in these families. I thought,
well there's a good thing.

Renata and Isaac had nine kids. Fainess and Jonathan have seven. I think that a lot of these people
had a very difficult past, because of the trauma they've seen. So we don't ask them. We just don't ask. My name is
Isaac, I come from Burundi.

So, um... Yeah.

For the families who have moved having a garden helped them
to heal from their depression and all the trauma that they had. It was like,
going back to their roots, I think.

Over there, the cabbage. Those are the cabbages as well? Renata, said that it had been
more than sixteen years since she had a garden. Ah... They want to plough all this run,
dig as far as those trees. Renata and Fainess have probably
hoed up more than a hectare, maybe two. You know, like... It's just incredible, how much garden they've managed
to produce in three months.

We'd been using backpackers
but in the last few months, we've been employing the couple
of African refugee families with picking pumpkins. And a little bit of time
in wool shed work. They're doing a good job. So there may not be
long term full-time employment, however there's long term
seasonal employment.

And these people do enjoy working. And they're very keen to
see their children succeed. I like cooking eggs. Which one do you like
out of the lemon slice? Lemon slice. What's your favourite thing
you're doing at school? Maths. Mine is spelling and writing. Eliada, what's your favourite
thing to do at school? Cook. The first day of
second term this year the school re-opened its doors for the new family
that had arrived. And it was very exciting
for all of us.

They were nervous and excited
but they were ready for it.

Hi. We are Mingoola school. We are very unique. Last term it was closed
but I'm glad it's not because we do lots of fun learning. We do music on Mondays.

I think everyone has
fallen in love with the kids. The kids are magnificent. They're beautifully mannered. Very clever. And just got a nice balance
of cheek about them. So that's good.

Every time I drive out they give me
a wave from the school yard and a cooee and
they're really nice. And you have to measure out eight

You do the measuring,
I'll do the, I'll hold this. You know what,
they've struck a bond. And that bond's reflected in
the way this program's working. Okay, are we ready? 'His mother called him wild thing
and Max said, I'll eat you up!' I guess the remarkable thing is that the people we've found
love it here and we love them, so. 'And when he came to the place
where the wild things are, 'they roared their terrible roar
and gnashed their terrible teeth 'and rolled their terrible eyes
and showed their terrible claws.' No, he's not scared.
No, he's not scared.

We've got to take this out, this comes off then we lift this. But she wants the laundry outside. Haha, oh. By September we were very excited when we were getting
ourselves ready for the arrival of the next family.

'What is your relationship
to student?' You're the parent.
Parent, yeah. Yes, and the given name?

Kofi, he left Congo under
similar circumstances as any other refugees
from our area. There was a war, people were dying and people had to
run for their life.

Very sad.

(all) # Hi Ho, Hi Ho,
it's off to dig we go... #Hi Ho, Hi Ho. # Oh no, where's our garden! Kofi, he has seven kids,
him and the wife, so they are nine in the family.

Kofi is packed and ready to move,
that's what he's told us. We're just working out
the logistics. As soon as that house is
habitable, well, he can, he'll be able to move in. I think it's too heavy. It cannot be a problem
of the police on the road.

Hey, hi, Emmanuel.

Morning little fella, how are you?

Two weeks ago,
I come to Mingoola with my family. She's happy, my wife. Plus me too, I'm happy.

I feel good. If someone help you,
you can be happy, you can't be sad.

I asked him what skills he had
and he said 'I dig'. So I gather he's
a fairly keen gardener. These are the new kids of Mingoola. This is Mbala, this is Jolie, that's Emmanuel and this is Bharti.

Comment, ca va? Ca va, oui! (laughs) When it was suggested to him he might like to try his hand
at planting pecans he was really happy to go. I will take a new box.
Yeah. We've got Nick and Louise
from France and Kofi who's just started today
and giving it a bit of a go. See how he goes. You've got to be a hard worker,
it's hot and sometimes long hours.

I will go to work to pick up nut. Will be, maybe, permanent job.

They want their children
to see them working and they want to teach
their children to work as well. They don't want their children
growing up and not knowing what it is
to get their hands dirty.

We spread the news about Mingoola
to the community and the amazing thing is like
it went all over Australia. Not only in Sydney. Queensland, Melbourne. We had more than 100 families
interested to move. Some of them had perceptions that
they're going to be given houses, land, animals. Things we didn't tell them.

We've had endless people
ring us or come, or just turn up, you know. I keep saying, 'Please stop
telling people about Mingoola.' Very heavy? No, you know Australian women,
we're all really strong. The brutal truth is, you know,
we have four houses, and we couldn't sustain more
than four families anyway in our small community,
it's just not really possible.

I think the measure of the success
of this in the long term will be whether people can
get off Centrelink support and become totally independent.

Everyone's been very generous. However I would strongly recommend
there needs to be a lease or some documentation
protecting both sides. In case there's any issues.

I think it's early days. But if this works, we can say to other rural areas
'Why don't you try it too?'

I currently have a person
in another area that has a few empty houses that's looking at the same program
and has already spoken to Julia. The involvement of the local
community is the key ingredients. It's part of our CWA to
welcome these new people, they're all
settling in the district. If our people want to move in
but they don't feel welcomed I don't think that there will be
any success for the project, yeah.

Well, we're just decorating,
aren't we James? For a welcoming party
for Kofi and his family. Billy, hello.

Most people who can come
are coming. It's not a huge community but,
you know, it's big enough. It's just got so much bigger.

We're realistic, we know
that nothing's ever perfect.

But I've been stunned by
the generosity of our community. Like the man who dropped off
the two goats that he'd caught with his dogs. Knowing that goat is the
best meat for these people, they just love it.

We'd especially like to welcome
Abernom and Consuelata. Anyway, put your hands together
and welcome everyone who's here. Thank you very much. Our priority is: are they happy? Because, you know,
they weren't happy in the city, but they've made so many friends.

Lovely people.

We've got this mish mash of people, somehow we fit beautifully

# Whoa oh! # Let's start a union, # calling every human # It's one for all
and all for one # Whoa oh! # Let's live
in unison, # calling every
citizen # It's one for all
and all for one # Whoa oh!

# Whoa oh!

# Whoa oh! #

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